Dallas becomes first U.S. city to host prestigious international conference on urbanization

In June 2014 the New Cities Foundation will host its annual New Cities Summit at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District.

The New Cities Foundation aims to find solutions to the challenges that will come with massive urbanization in the 21st century, as cities will be home to 70 percent of the world’s population by 2050. Previous summits have been hosted in Paris in 2012 and São Palo in 2013. Based in Geneva, the organization supports its global network through hosting conferences. The Dallas summit is expected to attract about one thousand attendees from 40 countries to discuss proactive programs to deal with issues like sustainability, poverty and social tolerance.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings attended the 2013 summit in São Paulo, which may have contributed to the organizers’ impression of Dallas as a city aware of global issues and open to the best ideas.

As part of the summit, organizers will announce the winners of the AppMyCity! contest for the world’s best mobile application. The Global Cultural Districts Network, headquartered in Dallas, will also be showcased as a network of cultural districts from around the world.

The June 17-19 summit will begin a week of discussions about cities in Dallas, with the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors continuing the conversation in Dallas from June 20-23, 2014.

Source: CultureMap, Dec 10, 2013.
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